Archive for 04/03/13

San Antonio small luxury hotel is built into a fascinating natural cave formation, dazzlingly embedded in the volcanic rocks of Santorini, offering unobstructed sea view and Cave hot tub. Hidden within black volcanic breccias and sweet smelling gardens, the small luxury hotel San Antonio in Santorini offers the most awe-inspiring sea view in the village of Imerovigli. Architecturally striking, the black stone texture of the hotel’s exterior harmoniously blends into the volcanic landscape forming an exquisite boutique hotel riddled with character and charm. This proud small luxury hotel member in Santorini Imerovigli, lures guests with its distinctive design and divine beauty.

The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a transparent horseshoe-shaped cantilever bridge and tourist attraction in Arizona near the Colorado River on the edge of a side canyon in the Grand Canyon West area of the main canyon. USGS topographic maps show the elevation at the Skywalk's location as 4,770 ft and the elevation of the Colorado River in the base of the canyon as 1,160 ft, and they show that the height of the precisely vertical drop directly under the skywalk is between 500 ft and 800 ft.

Commissioned and owned by the Hualapai Indian tribe, it was opened to the general public on March 28, 2007. It is accessed via the Grand Canyon West Airport terminal or a 120-mile drive from Las Vegas. The Skywalk is east of Meadview and north of Peach Springs with Kingman being the closest city of some size.

David Jin, an entrepreneur who had been involved with tourism and the Hualapai Nation for some time, had the idea of extending a platform out over the edge of the Grand Canyon. With the help of architect Mark Ross Johnson, that idea evolved into a rectangular walkway and eventually the "U"-shaped walkway that has now been constructed.

The overall Skywalk width is 65 feet. The Skywalk length extending out from the post supports closest to the canyon wall is 70 feet. The outer and inner 32-inch-wide by 72-inch-deep bridge box beams are supported by eight 32-by-32-inch box posts having four posts on each side of the visitor’s center, once completed. The eight posts are anchored in pairs into four large concrete footings that are in turn anchored to the bedrock by ninety-six 21⁄2-inch-diameter DYWIDAG (acronym pronounced Doo-Wee-Dag) high strength steel threaded rod rock anchors grouted 46 feet  deep into the rock.

The deck of the Skywalk has been made with four layers of Saint-Gobain Diamant low iron glass with DuPont Sentry Glas inter-layer. Deck width is 10 feet 2 inches. The Skywalk glass railings were made with the same glass as the deck, but fewer layers bent to follow the walkway’s curvature. The glass railings are 5 feet 2 inches tall and have been designed for high wind pressures. The walkway could carry 822 people that weigh 200 pounds (91 kg) each without over stress, but maximum occupancy at one time is 120 people

The Skywalk glass itself was manufactured and imported from Saint-Gobain Deutsche Glas and Glas Döring in Berlin, Germany. Astronauts Buzz Aldrin and John Herrington attended the opening ceremony on March 20, 2007. wiki

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda also known as Golden Rock is a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site in Mon State, Myanmar. It is a small pagoda  7.3 metres built on the top of a granite boulder covered with gold leaves pasted on by devotees. According to legend, the Golden Rock itself is precariously perched on a strand of the Buddha's hair. The rock seems to defy gravity, as it perpetually appears to be on the verge of rolling down the hill. The rock and the pagoda are at the top of Mt. Kyaiktiyo. It is the third most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in Burma after the Shwedagon Pagoda and the Mahamuni Pagoda. A glimpse of the "gravity defying" Golden Rock is believed to be enough of an inspiration for any person to turn to Buddhism.

Cherry Blossom Avenue, Bonn, Germany. A cherry blossom is the flower of any of several trees of genus Prunus, particularly the Japanese Cherry, Prunus serrulata, which is sometimes called sakura after the Japanese. Many of the varieties that have been cultivated for ornamental use do not produce fruit. Edible cherries generally come from cultivars of the related species Prunus avium and Prunus cerasus. The cherry blossom is a major tourist attraction in Germany's Altes Land orchard region. The largest Hanami in Germany, in Hamburg, with Japanese-style fireworks, organized by the German-Japanese society, draws tens of thousands spectators every spring.

Gare Do Oriente or Lisbon Orient Station is one of the main transport hubs in Lisbon which  is the capital city and largest city of Portugal. About 3,035,000 people live in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, making it the 11th most populous urban area in the European Union. There are four commuter train lines departing from Lisbon: the Cascais, Sintra and Azambuja lines, as well as a fourth line to Setúbal crossing the Tagus river, over the 25 De Abril Bridge. The major railway stations are Santa Apolónia, Rossio, Gare Do Oriente, Entrecampos, and Cais Do Sodré. The city does not offer a light rail service, but there are plans to build light rail lines to provide service along the city's periphery.

The "Rainbow Bridge" linking Neihu and Songshan is only open to pedestrians and cyclists. It is an example of the Taipei city's aesthetics and livability. Taipei is the national capital of Taiwan. It is in the northern part of the island in a basin between the Yangming Mountains and the Central Mountains. 

It is, with 2.6 million inhabitants, the fourth largest administrative area of Taiwan, after New Taipei, Kaohsiung and Taichung. However, the Greater Taipei metropolitan area, which encompasses the central Taipei City along with the surrounding New Taipei City and Keelung, represents the largest urban cluster in Taiwan with nearly 7 million people. Taipei serves as the island's financial, cultural, and governmental center.

Architects of T3arc have build TuboHotel in 2010 at Tepoztlán, Mexico. The idea came when they built Cafe Five, where they saw the need to adapt an inexpensive room for users. In their search for solutions, they found Despark hotel, the work of the architect Andreas Strauss in 2006, using recycled concrete pipes for hotel rooms. Thier client decided to make a hotel with the same characteristics as the Despark hotel on a ground that is located on the outskirts of Tepoztlan, with excellent panoramic views of the Sierra del Tepozteco. Located in a wooded setting of unusual features, the surrounding environment provides an unique natural environment and for their project. The goal was to have the ability to build a fast and affordable hotel that offered lodging for Tepoztlan tourist. With a projection of 20 rooms, they began building the first modules. Unlike the hotel of Andreas Strauss, they place the rooms (tubes) in three modules to harness the ground as possible much as possible.

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